When I attended the OHMI Conference in September, I had the great pleasure of meeting Cara O’Sullivan and Hayley Philippault, two amazing representatives of the MERU Organization. MERU designs customized and ready-made products for people with disabilities, and they have created several stands for musical instruments. Last month they won two “Enabling Apparatus” awards for the 2018 OHMI Competition!
The Trombone Support Bracket is a 3D printed piece that attaches to a trombone to hold it securely to a cymbal stand. This piece is inexpensive to produce, and Cara and Hayley brought a 3D printer to the conference to show how quickly it can be made.
The Euphonium and Tuba Stand fits a variety of low brass instruments. The height and angle of the instrument can be adjusted to suit the player.
Holding an instrument is a major challenge for musicians with physical disabilities, and the MERU stands prove that accessibility can be high-quality, elegant, and affordable. I can’t wait to see what they create next!
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Anything for alto saxophone
Neill Duncan, who plays tenor saxophone with one hand, uses a stand. You can see him play here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02pHRIVvitw He teaches at the Korowal School and his contact info is on that page. He might be able to help you out.
I have a trombone player with cerebral palsy. How can i go about getting the details for the 3D printed trombone stand?
Try filling out the contact page here: https://meru.org.uk/contact/ If that doesn’t work, send me a private message and I can pass along another address. Good luck!
My husband, a retired instrumental teacher and a professional trombone player almost all his life had a stroke last May of this year! He is now still having OT specifically on his left arm so he can play trombone again! He is able to hold the trombone a little bit but his fingers would slip and hurt after a while! Just wondered if there is a device to help out! I’ll give you his email! Thank you!
Hi George, So, I know about this mount by Thomas Tschirren: https://www.ohmi.org.uk/2018-competition-winners.html
To my knowledge, that adaptation is not commercially available, but it may give you some ideas.
You may also be interested in page 10 of this: https://takeitaway.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Guide-to-Buying-Adaptive-Musical-Instruments.pdf
Best of luck!